Tropical Storm Kei brought heat, heavy rain and winds of over 100 mph to some areas. of Southern California raises concerns about coastal flooding and landslides in fire zones.
Storm system seething along the north coast of The Baja California peninsula in Mexico is expected to experience heavy rains, flash floods, high winds and sweltering conditions on Saturday.
Kay was about 160 miles off Coast of San Diego on Friday afternoon, and meteorologists were surprised that the storm had persisted so strongly. of his strength as he moved into the cold waters off California.
Usually when tropical storms make their way north they lose a lot of their blow, said Ivory Small, a meteorologist with National Weather Service in San Diego.
“This one just keeps hitting,” Small said.
The rain was scattered across San Diego County. in in the morning and by noon penetrated the counties of Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino. weather service said. heavy rains with possible thunderstorms officials warn that there may still be more to come.
San Diego County under attack with heavy rain and gusts of wind over 100 mph in mountainous areas. The National Weather Service released an outbreak flood warning for northeastern part of county, as well as Riverside County.
Forecasters say moisture from the storm may still drop about an inch of rain along the coast of San Diego County, twice what amount in valleys and 5 to 7 inches in the mountains.
Rain can disrupt the Padre’s plans. home game against Dodgers. The threat of filthy weather singer Alicia Keys has postponed the sale of Friday Night’s Out Concert at San Diego State University.
Orange County is likely to receive half-inch of rain and mountains in Riverside County could see up to 7 inches. Shane Reichardt, Press Secretary for The Riverside County Office of Emergency Management said the storm boosted capacity for a public safety power switch off. it also moved threats from fires to include flash floods.
“When you look at all we have, with in heat we had, power the problems we had, the storm, the potential for public safety blackouts that creates a lot of anxiety. it’s a lot for in community keep taking in” Reichardt said.
Low-lying deserts, including the Coachella Valley, also vulnerable. Flash flood watch in effect for all the mountains, valleys and deserts of Southern California, meteorologists said. Parts of the desert, including Mount Laguna, Ocotillo, and areas near the Imperial Valley, are under outbreak flood warning.
Tropical Storm Kei’s winds intensify up Friday afternoon with impulses of Expected 90 to 100 mph in the evening. Strong winds stressed power lines and fallen trees in San Diego County where the top wind speed reached 109 mph at Cuyamaca Peak, about nine miles south of of Julian.
strong wind warning is in effect until midnight throughout the Inland Empire, the mountains of Riverside and San Diego counties, and the coast and valleys of San Diego. Orange County and the San Bernardino Mountains and Deserts are under a windward advisory. Even coastal and valley areas could see up up to wind speed of 60 m/s.
“It will be noticeable,” said Elisabeth Schenk, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. in San Diego. Storm warning was in effect for coastal waters, with seas up to 12 feet high. Orange County surf conditions can reach six legs. Strong currents are expected until at least Sunday.
Pending of waves and tides, Long Beach started offering sandbags for residents in low-lying areas fire stations and a lifeguard station at 72nd and Ocean Boulevard.
Protective berms were built along the oceanfront peninsula near Alamitos Beach to protect nearby homes.
“Residents are advised to stay away from the coast from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. starting tonight,” Long Beach officials said. in release.
In National City, Courtney Jones tracked Kay. on her phone. She grew up up with storms on East Coast.
“I was kind of waiting to wake up up and look outside and I see leaning trees and foliage everywhere, loose debris, but when I looked out all I saw was puddles and people a bit of driving more slowly,” Jones, 28, said. She hoped the rain would soften the heat, but the conditions were still unbearable at the beginning of Friday, which she and her family call “dog breath weather”: hot, stuffy and sticky.
daye salani zipper out of his house in in downtown San Diego without an umbrella or jacket when he left for work Friday morning.
“If I leave work and it’s raining, I don’t mind getting wet,” Salani said, adding that “it’s been a minute” since it rained down on his. It was a rare occasion, and “I invite him,” he said.
Heather Lear, who life in Hemet, near Fairview fire on transfer at the Denver airport, hoping not to run into weather-related crashes so she can get back her house which is inside the fire evacuation zone.
Leera husband, who stayed at their home did not report rain on Friday morning, but she was worried about winds aggravating fire and sophisticated containment efforts. The flame that broke out Monday, exploded to nearly 30,000 acres. Rains also could lead to flash floods and landslides in burn scar.
“It’s a huge problem,” Leer, 41, said. We have never seen so many things one on top of each other, an event that could potentially change our lives forever.”
At the Imperial, Jorge Reyes said it started to rain early Friday morning. He said it was humid here, but nowhere felt as hot as it was in the triple digits. city registered over Weekend on Labor Day.
Flash flood warnings were issued during past monsoon season but he said it first the time when he can remember one for September – or any rain at all this month in calendar year.
“We don’t have rain all the time, and sometimes when it rains, it us in Yuma area or other cities,” said Reyes, 45.
The storm is not expected to bring significant rainfall to Los Angeles County and surrounding areas, which are likely to remain dry. of Friday though the rain is pouring and thunderstorms may develop in the evening.
However, Los Angeles International Airport announced on Twitter because because of wind conditions, this will shift operations so that planes take off from the east and arrive from the west. There were few delays with “99% of our schedule on time is today,” LAX said.
The meteorologists fired a flare flood watch for Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and Antelope Valley. Forecasters especially concerned about Catalina Island, which is under a coastal flooding advisory.
Southern California last felt the effects of tropical storm in 1997 Tropical Storm Nora caused flood, power disruptions and accidents on the roads, as well as destroyed several homes in Orange County.
Despite the approaching rain, excessive heat remained issue Friday against the backdrop of a protracted heat the wave that baked Southern California for more than a week. Temperature in According to Dave Bruno, it was 80 degrees in downtown Los Angeles by 9 a.m. with in weather Oxnard Service bureau. Most valley and foothill areas drop below 90 per night.
Start temperature drop by noon, but not before setting another daily record in Los Angeles, which recorded a high of 101 degrees, surpassing the previous reading on September 9th. record of 96 degrees set in 1984.
Further cooling is approaching. “Today will be last of extreme days,” Bruno said.
Gary Robbins and Teri Figueroa of The San Diego Union-Tribune contributed to this report.